@jimt wow. Fascinating. And yeah, like hummingbirds and turtles (and snakes) I miss lightning bugs in NZ... not much else, though, to be fair.
I get frustrated when people in industries who could benefit hugely from better use of tech bemoan the inequity in tech (I agree!) but justify their own inaction & non-participation (or defend persisting with crappy corporate proprietary software that tramples their interests) by saying adapting & learning is "too hard"... It especially bugs me to hear educators say this... sure, learning *is* hard. If it was easy... we wouldn't need educators. Get involved now to make it easier for others!
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@rabindra hello, and welcome!
Dreaming of fierce confrontations... https://peertube.video/videos/watch/b91a35bb-6073-4827-800f-7afde8160496
@simonnewood (top half)
@simonnewood stapler? :)
@mackiwg No idea. Looks like a skinny stretched kiwi statue, but pretty sure that's not right...
@mackiwg I know what this one is... wouldn't want to be a nearby penguin.
@mackiwg looks like ice between brush steel... but possibly something quite small... otherwise, nothing's leaping to mind! Cool, though.
Most NZ schools have a "BYOD" programme for student-provided devices. The gov't has got this "free" Microsoft Office365 licensing as a perk of paying many $millions/year for an all-of-gov't agreement: https://education.govt.nz/school/running-a-school/technology-in-schools/software/microsoft/ Schools are starting to require MSO365 for students... but it doesn't run on all devices (Linux comps or Chromebooks). This creates a major problem with BYOD policies: the schools don't know what they're doing & students are being disadvantaged by their legit tech choices.
What's more, the Min of Ed, with this MSO365 "free" license programme is creating a huge imposition upon all students. Their digital works/creativity is being locked into a set of formats that can only be reliably read by MS-blessed software, which is because MS controls the formats & changes them at their whim (often to set back would-be competitors who're trying to offer compatibility). Our gov't is effectively (probably out of ignorance) mandating the of one foreign megacorp's software.
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